The decision has been made and the Jacksonville Jaguars have now hired Seattle Seahawks; defensive coordinator Gus Bradley as head coach, according to what YouWager has learned. This is the Jags latest move in the team’s rebuilding project.
Bradley joins general manager David Caldwell, who led the coaching search after being hired last week. The former DC will be introduced at a news conference at EverBank Field tomorrow.
Bradley was with the Seahawks for the last four seasons, where his defense improved each of the last three years and finished in the top 10 in points and yards the last two. This NFL season, Seattle ranked first in the league in points allowed (15.3), fourth in yards (306.2) and tied for fourth in takeaways (31).
According to several online football news, it’s likely that Florida Gators’ defensive coordinator Dan Quinn will make it back to Seattle to replace Bradley as the team’s defensive coordinator. In addition, the Cleveland Browns and the Philadelphia Eagles also are interested.
Jacksonville were 30th in the NFL in total defense in 2012. The Jags had a league-low 20 sacks this season. The Eagles cast-off Jason Babin helped down the stretch, however Jacksonville could very well use the No. 2 pick in April’s NFL draft to find a pass rusher.
Bradley assisted rookie defensive end Bruce Irvin this season. Irvin, the 15th overall NFL pick, led all rookies with eight sacks. Furthermore, Bradley’s defense had other young stars as well.